A civil society can be judged on how it treats its elderly and safeguards their rights. How is Australia meeting the challenges of the doubling of the percentage of our population aged 65 years or more, and quadrupling of those aged 80 years or more, all within one generation? This demographic shift occurs against the background of intergenerational tensions, pressures on our economy, ethical debates about independence versus autonomy and individual versus societal benefit, and changing patterns of disease.
Older people have the same rights as all Australians; importantly the right to independence, to equal access to health care, to equal access to legal and other services such as transport, to opportunities for personal development, to protection from exploitation and abuse, to appropriate care if disabled or incapacitated and to be treated with dignity. More controversial are issues of rationing of limited health resources and the right to determine when an older, cognitively competent, psychiatrically well person wishes to end his or her life.
The presentation will examine human rights for older people and recommend strategies for tackling current examples of where these are lacking.
Henry Brodaty is a
- Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales; and
- Psychogeriatrician and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic in the Aged Care Psychiatry Service at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.
Professor Brodaty is President of the International Psychogeriatric Association and was previously chairman of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and president of Alzheimer’s Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW).
He is a member of several key State and National Committees in Australia concerned with dementia and mental health in older people. Professor Brodaty has published extensively and received many national and international awards for research and community work.
Date: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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